Sometimes it feels hard, even impossible, to keep your sanity. There are days when all you want to do is to curl up in a ball and stay in bed. But we all know that this won’t happen so we go on with our day just wanting to get it over with with a ticking bomb in our hands.
We all need to have our own “indulgences” to keep us from going insane. It is the small things that can go a long way!
These are my top ways of keeping calm:
Coffee. Or maybe you prefer tea. Either way, having a nice hot cup of caffeine every morning awakens one’s spirit, tells us that it is time to start moving. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. At home we have Foldgers and whenever I can sneak one I have a Grande Vanilla Latte or a Java Chip Frappucchino (with whipped cream) from Starbucks…Oh, yumms!
Mommy time. Or more like alone time. A time for you to be by yourself. Whenever you can squeeze some you-time make sure to take care of yourself. Forget about the dirty dishes in the sink, or the loads of laundry collecting dust. These are your 5 minutes for yourself. Go for a walk. Take nap. Watch your favorite show. Do something for yourself.
Exercise. Take at least 30 minutes off your day to exercise. Be it yoga, pilates, weights, cardio. Just get active! You can’t believe the great changes it will bring not only for your body but for your mind and soul!
Date night. Take a few hours to go out with your husband at least once a month. Make it a time for you two to relax and reconnect. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy! Go to watch a movie, go out for dinner, have a picnic at the park. Go for a walk. But do it together.
* If you are a single mom or a military mom (whose husband has been deployed, my thought and prayers go to you and your family), date night can be replaced by girls night out.
Take a bath. Take a long hot bubble bath and indulge on a good book. Bring some wine or coffee or tea. Turn on relaxing music. And enjoy. Make sure to lock the bathroom so you can have some quiet time for yourself!
Sleep. This is super important. Sleep whenever you can. Nap when the kids are napping. Arrange sleep-ins with your husband where he watches the kids and lets you sleep for an extra hour (then switch). Tyler and I used to alternate days. All those extra minutes of REMs will recharge your body like you have no idea!
Hobby. Find a something you love to do and do it! I love photography and always tote my camera along. Find something you like, something you are good at and do it. Maybe you love to sew, knit, crochet, make it your hobby and take a few minutes a day to do it. You might learn something new about yourself!
Read. Try to squeeze a book or magazine into your day. Reading 5 pages a day is better than reading none at all. It will take you away from the cries, temper tantrums, etc. It will be a you time where you can travel to a different world.
Keep calm. Easier said than done, I know. Just remember to stay calm through whatever your day decides to throw at you! Breathe. Keep calm. Scream into a pillow.